If Alan Pardew wins a trophy for Newcastle United he will go down in the annals of Newcastle great history and folk-lore, and that’s simply because we last won a trophy back in 1969, when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup – now the Europa League – and we last won a domestic trophy way back in 1955, when we won the FA Cup by slaughtering Manchester City 3-1.
Temuri Ketsbaia – Georgia football manager
So one way to put that record in some perspective is that we have won one trophy in the last 59 years. 🙁
46 year-old Temuri Ketsbaia played for Newcastle United from 1997 through 2000, and he played 78 times with 8 goals, and the Georgian is now the manager of Georgia’s National team, and he has held that position since 2009.
Ketsbaia himself played 49 times for Georgia with 16 goals.
The former Newcastle player has been interviewed in Sunday Mirror Sport, and the Georgian has talked about Newcastle past and present:
“Unfortunately, it’s not realistic for Newcastle to challenge for the Premier League because, to do that, you have to have a huge amount of money.”
“It’s so hard to compete with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool. But, of course, there’s more possibility to win those two cup competitions.
“Anyone who wins something with the club will have achieved something completely unbelievable.” “I played for the club twice in the cup final and said to myself that I would give up everything I had won as a player to just win one trophy for Newcastle.”
“I remember it was just incredible, how much support the club had from those fans for all those years. I always dreamed of winning something with them.”
“When I was at Newcastle, we were buying some of the biggest names in European football and challenging for honors, that’s no longer happening.”
“The problem with Newcastle is that, one year they’re challenging for Europe and then the next they’re trying to stay in the league. Every year the club is changing a lot in the team, it’s not easy for the manager.”
“It’s almost impossible for him to plan for the future.”
One reason for the turnover at Newcastle, and we’ve had a lot over the last few years, is that our top players realize fairly quickly on Tyneside – there’s not enough ambition.
Hopefully owner Mike Ashley has realized that, and certainly bringing in nine good players this summer, means it’s the best transfer window by far we’ve had under the current Newcastle owner.
Alan Pardew now has to prove himself again at Newcastle, after the terrible collapse of last season, and Alan’s complete stupidity at Hull City.
Pardew needs to get the very best out of what looks like a very decent first team squad on Tyneside.
He will certainly be driven to do well, because that’s almost what needs to happen for Alan to stay in the job, and who knows with that kind of motivation we could even win something this coming season.
But we’ve been saying that for the last 44 years. 😀
And as Temuri rightly says – anyone who wins something with Newcastle will have achieved something completely unbelievable.
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